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NZXT Tempest 210 Mid Tower Case Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 30, 2011 5:14 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: NZXT

The NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 210 Mid Tower Case

 

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As you can see, the front of the Tempest 210 is mostly comprised of the steel mesh running from the front I/O all the way down to the bottom of the chassis. From this angle there are only the stepped sides of the plastic frame and slim cross bars that aren't mesh, but all in all it makes for an attractive look that offers plenty of ventilation.

 

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The front I/O houses one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, the pair of 3.5mm jacks and the power and tiny reset buttons. On a side note, just below this you can see the clip on the bay cover below it. Just slide this clip to the left and the cover comes right off without having to remove the bezel to insert the device.

 

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The top of the Tempest 210 starts with a tray at the bottom which is the front of the case. This tray can hole anything you want, USB drives, keys, or whatever fits. Behind it is a pair of fan holes that will allow either 120mm fans or 140mm fans. NZXT ships one 140mm fan in this location.

 

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The left side panel offers a good bit of ventilation surrounded by some odd oblong holes above and below it. While NZXT doesn't say this is for additional fans, that doesn't mean you can't get a bit creative with mounting and add them inside here.

 

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The rear of the chassis offers a 120mm exhaust fan next to the rear I/O opening. Below the fan you see a pair of pop out bits to allow for water cooling next to the seven ventilates expansion slot covers. Of course that leaves the large hole at the bottom for the PSU.

 

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I guess my delivery guys really don't like me; this is the second case in a row that has taken an odd hit in transit exactly where the case is at its weakest in the packaging. It's a pretty small impact, and I think I can correct the issue and continue with the review.

 

The last side of the case is pretty plain and really only offers a finger hold to remove the panel once the thumbscrews are removed.

 

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Under the Tempest, it gains support on any surface with its large round rubber feet. In between the rear pair of feet is where the power supply can draw air from if you install it fan down. To the right is room for an optional 120mm fan if your PSU isn't too long to block off part of the hole. Notice, there are no dust covers here, only the tabs that should hold them.

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